Bokhari’s accomplishments are varied and impressive: a master’s degree in social work, a history of working at women’s shelters and other humanitarian initiatives. She currently teaches social work at two different colleges, and also acts as a diversity consultant. There’s a good interview with her here about her experiences with the Mrs. Pakistan pageant, and about her work in general.
What I want to look at are some of the ways that Bokhari’s identity is being talked about in the media. A Toronto Star article about her starts off as follows:
Tahmena Bokhari is Mrs. Pakistan 2010. She was crowned in a Mississauga motel in December.
The Canadian Muslim is also a diehard feminist.
Get your head around all that.
“It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?” she says from the couch in her family’s spacious Woodbridge home [...]